When Matt Hancock lives up to his name | Brief letters

Impatience | Sperm counts | Boris Johnson | Spring weather | Covid correspondence

Please ban guests from using “impatience” as the innocuous trait they most deplore in themselves in the Q&A section of your Saturday magazine. It disingenuously suggests that their brains work faster than us mortals, which inhibits them in their quest for greatness.
Robin Nicholas
Farnham, Surrey

• If there were a poll among other animals that humans share the planet with, I suspect many of them would agree wholeheartedly that a decline in fertility of humans would be welcome (Falling sperm counts ‘threaten human survival’, expert warns, 26 February).
Sam White
Lewes, East Sussex

• The former French ambassador Sylvie Bermann accuses Boris Johnson of being an “unrepentant and inveterate liar” (Boris Johnson ‘a liar’ who will blame Brexit costs on Covid, says diplomat, 24 February). Is she telling the truth or is this merely the language of diplomacy?
Dr Michael Griffiths

• In response to Dr Mark Wilcox (Letters, 28 February), I had washing on the line further north, here in Darlington, all day on Saturday. Then I brought it in to dry.
Elaine Hope
Darlington, County Durham

• Washing? Snowdrops? Pshaw! The first ice-cream van chime of the year was in January.
Carole Coleman
Halifax, West Yorkshire

• I’ve received another Covid-related letter signed by the health secretary simply as “Matt”. One dictionary definition gives this as “lack of visual brightness”.
Richard Bourne


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